Lee Dixon has told ITV Sport during his role as co-commentator on Wednesday that Leeds United star Brenden Aaronson is holding onto the ball too long and “trying too hard” – amid a downturn in form in recent Leeds games.

Aaronson, 22, is struggling of late. The USA international hit the ground running, arguably scoring against Wolves and then nabbing a goal against Chelsea. An assist against Everton for Luis Sinisterra, too. But he has been poor.

Costing Leeds £25million, his form following the World Cup has plummeted. A loss of confidence, perhaps. Jesse Marsch continues to use him, starting in the narrow defeat to Aston Villa. He got 45 minutes on Wednesday night.

But after losing the ball with numerous options open to him during a counter in the second half of the 5-2 win over Cardiff, Dixon was critical. He says he has watched Aaronson of late and thinks he is trying too hard to impress.

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“From what I’ve see of Aaronson, he just holds on to it a little bit too much. Trying to do much – his form has dipped, it might be to do with confidence. He just needs to play a bit more simply,” Dixon summarised, during commantary.

Dixon: Leeds star Aaronson is trying too hard, form has dipped

Dixon has hit the nail on the head. Aaronson’s form has gone off the boil of late. The weight of the transfer fee on his shoulders, and his likely frustration at failing to start at the World Cup with USA, could be playing a part.

We know what Aaronson is capable of. He can take games by the scruff of the neck and put opponents on the back foot. But he is still young and maybe, for his good, Marsch needs to rest Aaronson. Jack Harrison is improving.

The winger has been moved into the 10 role of late and got an assist against West Ham for Rodrigo. On Wednesday, he got two assists. So, against Brentford, Harrison should play in the 10. Willy Gnonto and Sinisterra out wide?

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